Launch day is getting ever closer for the Manitou Chair Project, led by local artist Sean O'Meallie. Here are some noteworthy tidbits surrounding the event:
The artist is still looking for chairs from Manitoids, just to ensure the chair line reaches all the way to Tubby's Turnaround from the Business of Art Center. Here are the details:
Organizer Sean O’Meallie emphasizes that he is looking for the type of chairs people use every day — but no barstools, no recliners and no beanbags. To avoid blocking the view of the chairs in front of and behind each chair, they should be approximately 30 to 45 inches tall and approximately 15 to 25 inches wide.
Chairs must be registered for intake by calling 632-1388 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Intake will be 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Oct. 6, 7 and 8 at the Business of Art Center’s Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave. By setting appointments for drop-off, organizers hope to minimize inconvenience for those lending their chairs. Anyone who is unable to deliver their chairs may request pick-up service.
To get the little ones into the artistic spirit: "No Sitting at the Chair Fair!" is a free art workshop for kids in grades 3-5. Hosted by the Manitou Springs Arts Academy, kids will create mixed media pieces that incorporate "drawing, designing, games and movement." Held Sunday, Oct. 2, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Manitou Springs Elementary School (110 Pawnee Ave.) The workshop is first-come, first-served, so sign up in advance by e-mailing email@example.com. More info at 685-2141.
And lastly, just a bit of news; O'Meallie was named Artist of the Year at the Pikes Peak Art Council's recent awards ceremony. Read about this honor, as well as info about the Chair Project at large, at manitouchairproject.org/wordpress.
And look out for the Indy's coverage of the project in next week's paper.